Workplace pressures continue to be a major source of stress for the average adult. Studies remain conclusive that job related stress has escalated progressively over the last decade as more and more workers report experiencing less control and more demands. This model of scientific study – high demands, little employee control – concludes what the working population has assumed for decades: that this class of workers is at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.
As a matter of fact, a report published by the American Institute of Stress says that job related stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than family or financial issues. They also report that while 80 percent of workers say they experience workplace stress on a daily basis, nearly 40 percent of them admit they need help learning how to manage this stress.
It’s estimated that occupational pressures cost the U.S. industry over $300 billion each year in the way of absenteeism, diminished productivity, accidents, worker’s compensation awards and employee turnover.
Is unemployment the cause of premature aging in men?
Another aspect of job related stress is unemployment. It’s not often a side of the job-coin that is looked at, however, studies show that long-term unemployment can prove to be even more stressful than having a stress-related job.
Over the last decade, British and Finnish researchers have been studying the effects of young men – an average age of 31 — who’ve remained unemployed for 500 or more days. Their study results show that the stress of long-term joblessness in these men may be the reason for their advanced aging.
Their study included 2,713 men and 2,907 women, all of whom had their blood work tested and controlled variables taken into consideration. Study results showed that the men who were without work for significant periods of time – 500 or more days – had a substantially increased risk of suffering a shorter life span. On the other hand, there was no such effect for women. Women who participated in the study were rarely unemployed for 500 days, while others spent time on their family.
Researchers for this study wrote, “The stress resulting from long-term unemployment appeared to be of key importance. Unemployment has been linked with numerous poor health outcomes including mortality, and now also with shorter telomere length, a potential biomarker of premature aging.”
There have been additional studies over the past 10 years that also showed positive connections between accelerated aging and stress. Medical researchers have known for decades that stress plays a key role, not only in cardiovascular disease, but also in depression, psychological distress and infection, all of which results in higher overall mortality. These studies could be a warning about the future of our health as it’s affected by both social and economic stress.
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